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Planned Parenthood lawyer, pro-life advocate debate Houston grand jury decision

A Planned Parenthood office is seen in New York City.
A Planned Parenthood office is seen in New York City.
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There was a surprising legal turnaround in Houston yesterday.

The Harris County DA had asked the grand jury to look into allegations Planned Parenthood was profiting from selling fetal organs to medical researchers. The allegations stemmed from undercover videos made by the founder of the Irvine-based antiabortion group, The Center for Medical Progress.

However, the DA announced late yesterday that the grand jury both cleared Planned Parenthood and indicted the makers of the undercover videos. Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt face felony charges of tampering with a governmental record.

Daleiden was further indicted on a misdemeanor charge related to trafficking in human organs.

David Daleiden has been somewhat media shy, except with us. He was with us twice last year.

We were in contact with him this morning, and we're hopeful he'll be able to join us later this week. In our first conversation, Daleiden strongly defended his and Merritt's creation of phony identities to get access to Planned Parenthood conferences and employees. However, it might well be that the fake drivers licenses they used have brought the felony charges.


Josh Schaffer, Houston-based lawyer for the Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, the organization that is at the center of the grand jury investigation.

Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-life Action League, a national organization headquartered in Chicago. The group is one of the organizers behind a series of national protests against Planned Parenthood that came in the wake of the Center for Medical Progress videos